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Chimay night at The Trappist, Oakland, Cheese, Beer pairing at EJ Phair, Concord

By William Brand
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 1:01 pm in Uncategorized.

EVENTS: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Trappist Beer Cafe, 460 8th St. in downtown Oakland will mark the 25th anniversary of the date that Chimay Trappist Ales were first imported into the U.S. Chimay, one of six Trappist monasteries in Belgium, has been brewing beer for 146 years. Buy a glass of Chimay Blue Grande Reserve for $10 and get a collector glass. There are also deals for bottles and for Chimay Cinq Cents. See you there.

6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. E.J. Phair Belgium Beer and Cheese Tasting, E.J. Phair Brewery & Alehouse, Todos Santos Square, Concord. Proprietor J.J. Phair’s hosting the eent. Chef Brian Hampton is doing the pairings. $20, Limited to 20 people, so make a reservation for this Thanksgiving eve event now. Call Becky at 925-691-4253. Also, mark your calendars, they’re planning a chocolate and beer event Dec. 17.

NEW BEERS: Magnolia Pub, 1398 Haight St., San Francisco, is pulling out one of their barrel-aged beers today and putting it on tap. It’s Delilah Jones Rye, aged in Sazerac rye whisky barrel.  Sounds sweet, I mean tasty. The whisky, by the way, is made in New Orleans, aged 18 years on wood.

FINAL NOTE... In my column today, I promised a post on a beer and cheese tasting last week in San Francisco. I’m runnning late.Will post it later today.

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  • nw

    As for the Magnolia Delilah Jones Rye; I am sorry to say that the whiskey born in the barrel was neither from New Orleans nor 18 years old. It vheld the Alembic’s own single barrel of ‘Baby’ Sazerac Rye, a 6 year old, made in Frankfort, Kentucky at the Buffalo Trace Distilery (which is owned by Sazerac…which, yes, is based in New Orleans.

  • William Brand

    Ah hell, the perils of checking on the web instead of making a phone call. Sorry about that. I’m headed over there tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it. Buffalo Trace is OK by me.